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Sports in brief: Kurt Busch to stay with Phoenix Racing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch will return to Phoenix Racing when his one-week NASCAR suspension ends today.

Busch met Tuesday with team owner James Finch, and the duo agreed to move forward to this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.

"At the end of the day, we are racers so we're going racing together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet," Finch said in a statement. "We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself."

Busch's status with Finch seemed shaky after his suspension for verbally abusing a media member. Busch has said nothing publicly in more than a week.

soccer

U.S. gives up late goal in World Cup qualifier

Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the United States in a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City.

Clint Dempsey put the United States ahead in the 40th minute, but Fabian Johnson pulled down Carlos Ruiz just outside the penalty area to set up the late free kick. Pappa put a 24-yard shot just under the crossbar that froze goalkeeper Tim Howard.

tennis

Hewitt stumbles at Queen's Club

Former champion Lleyton Hewitt was brushed aside by 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, losing 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round at Queen's Club in London.

Hewitt, a four-time winner of this tournament, failed to earn a break point. He and German veteran Tommy Haas were among those who received a wild card in the Wimbledon draw.

Nicolas Mahut earned a second-round meeting with top seed and defending champion Andy Murray by beating Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-4, 6-2. Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play Jamie Baker, who defeated Oliver Golding 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.

Gerry Webber Open: Sixth-seeded Marcel Granollers defeated Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round in Halle, Germany. Florian Mayer beat Tim Smyczek in straight sets to set up a second-round meeting with five-time winner Roger Federer today. Rafael Nadal will open against Lukas Lacko, who beat Konstantin Kravchuk 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

et cetera

AAU: The Amateur Athletic Union will implement several reforms, including mandatory background screening for all staff, coaches and volunteers set to begin Sept. 1. "The new recommendations are not because we suspect anyone, but rather because we expect everyone to do their part to create a strong, new culture of safety," national president Louis Stout said.

Times wires

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